Jon Flanagan has discussed the “tough” pre-season training schedule Jurgen Klopp has imposed on Liverpool.
Klopp was appointed Reds manager in October as Brendan Rodger’s replacement, and so has never benefited from a pre-season at Anfield.
The German is renowned for his tasking training regimes, and Flanagan says that while they are “tough”, the players “are enjoying it”.
The England defender reserved particular praise for Andreas Kornmayer, the club’s new head of fitness and conditioning, and Mona Nemmer, the club’s new nutritionist, who have both arrived from Bayern Munich.
“There have been early starts and long days but training has been good,” Flanagan told the Liverpool Echo.”All the lads are enjoying it. Everyone was raring to go.
“Andreas has been top class from his first day here with his new ideas and his fitness regime.
“It’s been tough. We’ve been doing double sessions and the odd core session too added in. That’s made the days longer but it has to be done. It’s all about getting in shape for the big season ahead.
“It’s been both fitness work and ball work. Sometimes running in the morning then ball work in the afternoon. More running though!
“Mona introduced herself to all the lads. I haven’t had a one to one yet but she will be going around the squad getting to know everyone and giving advice. She knows what she’s doing and we’ll take on board what she says.
“They have both come from a great background at Bayern and I’m sure they will help improve us.”
Flanagan hopes that pre-season will prepare Liverpool for the difficult Premier League campaign ahead, where the Reds will look to improve on an eighth-placed finish with no European football to balance.
“We’ve had a couple of meetings already where the manager has spelt out what he wants to achieve in pre-season,” he said. “It’s about getting the ball rolling and getting as fit as possible because that’s going to benefit us throughout the season.
“With no Europe, we all know there’s not going to be as many games this season so it’s vital to put a marker down in pre-season. The manager is aware I can play left or right – I’m happy to play anywhere for this club.
“It’s about trying to catch the manager’s eye and proving you deserve to start in the Premier League.”